Critic Consensus: While host Anne Robinson's imperious style may be a bracing novelty for American audiences in this remake of a British gameshow, the nasty appeal dissipates and exposes how disengaging the format really is.
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Robinson and the show are merely exploiting the pressures of being a contestant. Weakest Link invites people on to squirm and bicker, and they come through in depressing ways.
It could be a lot of fun if someone like, say, Don Rickles were hosting. But even the studio audience's response to Robinson seems tepid at best.
Host Anne Robinson may think it's all in good fun, but this game show has been a hit because the host is offensive. Just what we need, more incivility.
In any other period, "The Weakest Link" would just be a bad TV show. In this period, though, it's very importantly bad. Take a good hard look at it.
Weakest Link host Anne Robinson -- loathe her or hate her -- is far more interesting than Greed's slick and tired Chuck Woolery. Her imperious nastiness inspires an undeniable fascination
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